Poland: A County of Folklore?

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Until 15 January 2017

First Cepeliada event in front of the Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, 1972 © Zachęta – Narodowa Galeria Sztuki

The exhibition shows the countryside as seen by ethnographers, art historians, art collectors and artists — folk art and folklore as the emanation of the countryside in the city. It was in the city where decisions were made what is folk and what is not. The exhibition tackles the subject of institutionalisation and centralisation of folk art and its propaganda use on a larger scale than ever. It concentrates on the unique phenomenon of misalliance between Young Poland’s interest in peasantry and Socialist Realism, and on “self-folklorisation”, i.e creating an export image of Poland as a “country of folklore”.

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